For a friend’s baby shower, I created this mixed-media piece to encourage the new little one to always soar to new heights. With just a few steps, this canvas has plenty of dimension and texture without being overly complicated.
To New Heights Project Directions:
Adhere strips of vintage sheet music or patterned paper to the canvas with gel medium. Add a few pieces of vintage text to balance out the composition. Brush over the top of these papers with gel medium as well.
Mix Dina Wakley’s Night and Sky paints to create a steely blue color. Add some gel medium and brush over the whole canvas. Next, take a paper towel and wipe away the excess so that the patterned paper shows through.
Cut out Hot Air Balloon Template from Prima Marketing’s Stationer’s Desk paper pad. Add contrasting patterns if desired.
Freehand a cloud shape on sheet music, cut out, and prime with white gesso so that the pattern shows through. Dab Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint in Picket Fence color through circle stencil to create added visual interest. Adhere to the bottom corner of the canvas.
Stamp phrase with Typewriter Alphabet set onto map image from Tim Holtz’s Correspondence Paper Stash. Adhere to canvas.
Attach hot air balloon basket to canvas with a few natural fibers. Mount hot air balloon on scrap cardboard to make it stand out from the canvas and glue with gel medium.
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